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Hosting in Azure Cloud vs On-Premise?

 

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No wonder that cloud computing is now dominating the Internet. The industry has experienced exponential growth in recent years, and it will stay for long to dominate the Internet.

If your business has enough growth, including your services, IT Infrastructure, etc. then there are two choices left for you to continue your exponential growth. These choices are:

Before you go for any of the options, you have to analyze everything regarding the growth of your business. You must know how these options are different from each other and how they can benefit from the growth of your business.

 

Cloud Computing and On-Premise Defined

Cloud computing includes all the services that are hosted by a third-party and delivered to you using the Internet. While the on-premise is a traditional type of model that handles your data in-house, all operations are performed on your side, and nothing is hosted on a cloud server remotely.

Let’s take an example of banking terms to understand the concepts in a much better way. Suppose you have a safe and you store it in a room of your house and someone breaks into your house and flies away with the safe and it is never going to be back, it is considered as on-premise. While, on the other hand, and you put your safe in a bank’s building, now the bank protecting your safety, is responsible for its safety, usage and availability and insurance, this could be considered as a cloud. What would you choose? Cloud, right!

So, the cloud is considered as a better option for companies because it is much secured and flexible than any on-premise system. You do not have to worry about maintenance and updating costs, and it saves you a lot of money. You can spend your saved money in your other areas of business for better growth. And Azure can be considered as the best cloud service in terms of flexibility, security, usability, and operations.

 

What can I have in the Azure Cloud?

Azure Cloud has a lot of things to offer you. You can migrate your on-premise servers to Azure Cloud. It includes:

  • MS Active Directory migration, including MS Exchange server and data migration, including .net based applications.
  • MsSql server’s migration.
  • Migration of all user accounts of the company to Azure AD service.
  • Company’s document migration to SharePoint service by Office365, including document versioning.

It’s much easier to host your existing or new applications on the public cloud to get rid of any maintenance and updating costs.

 

Why is Azure better then On-premise?

On-premise is a traditional way that is being obsoleted slowly because of the entry of cloud computing, and Azure provides us such services to benefit your business. Some of the reasons why Azure is better than on-premise:

  • Azure works much faster than an on-premise system
  • Azure VM helps to improve your productivity
  • On-premise is costly while Azure is cost-efficient
  • Azure providers you better security than on-premise
  • Azure is your business tool other than just storage.

 

What’s better for you?

Probably your current on-premise systems are working perfectly fine, so why bother to update them to Azure? The reason is that your business needs to be pro-active. You cannot depend on such traditional systems anymore if we really want to take our businesses to the next level. So, if you are making your cloud up-gradation decision, then Azure is your most reliable partner to fulfill all your business requirements regarding the cloud.

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Cloud Hosting and BCP remote working during Covid-19

Disrupted by Covid-19? Here’s how your business can workaround!

 

Cloud Hosting and BCP remote working during Covid-19

How Businesses can respond to the disruptive Covid-19 crisis using Cloud-based systems

The Coronavirus is turning into a much more severe health crisis than most people have expected, causing thousands of deaths around the world. With the percentage of affected people increasing day by day, this widely spread virus is affecting many small to large scale businesses. The problem is so severe that the Global Health Emergency alert is officially declared by the World Health Organization.

This Is considered a threat as many businesses have decided to shut down their offices and introduce remote working for the employees to work from home.

Focus on Moving to Cloud

A sudden switch to remote working conditions can have a negative affect on your business if you are not prepared for it. As most businesses choose to store data physically on-premise, they will find it difficult to maintain normal business operations without access to key business data.

As the Covid-19 peaks and is likely to last till the end of the year, a slow response to this will only make things tougher for your business. Hence, I-Net Dynamics encourages business to migrate your data and services cloud-based systems or cloud hosted platforms to minimize the impact of any disaster on your business.

How can businesses respond to Coronavirus?

So what are some steps businesses can take to circumvent this situation? Here are some precautionary measures or steps to face this disastrous condition.

● Promote work-from-home policies for employees to prevent the spread of the virus.
● Use cloud-based systems to facilitate remote working for businesses.
● Use VPNs and two-factor authentications to make sure that your employee’s connection is safe.
● Automation of any business process/tasks which do not require the presence of an employee.

Shifting your Business to Cloud
Implementing a cloud-based systems and hosting business data on the cloud are currently the best measures to take during COVID-19. Cloud-based systems like Dynamics 365 ERP Systems provide you more flexibility for remote working needs. The biggest advantage would be instant access to business data regardless of location and time. You can rest assured that your data stays secured and protected on Microsoft Azure cloud platform with constant monitoring from our engineers.

Combating Covid-19 with BCP
Business continuity plans (BCP) are effective for your company in any disastrous condition. If you don’t already have a BCP in place, it is not too late to start planning now. Our knowledge engineers will assist you to analyze, plan and execute the most suitable BCP for your business. With a well thought out BCP, your business infrastructure and your data will be safe in any scenario, whether it’s Coronavirus or any other disaster.

 

If you are interested to explore cloud hosting solution or BCP for your organisation, contact us here today and our consultants can work with you to analyse your organisational needs!

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Understanding Cloud Hosting

 

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Written by Xuan Luan for I-Net Dynamics

Cloud has undeniably grown more and more popular in recent years. Big names like Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Google provide many products and services on the cloud. Among them, one core service you may come across along your exploration of the cloud is cloud hosting.

What Is Cloud Hosting?

Traditionally, for hosting, organizations have to invest in their physical data center, and their applications and tools are deployed in this single physical server.

Cloud hosting is not a tangible physical product, but it’s how you configure your servers and then deploy your products. Now with cloud hosting, your applications and tools can be deployed to the cloud and accessible via the Internet. From a user’s perspective, you may find no difference. However, your business now can take advantage of a powerful network of servers. How much you want to tap into the resources is all up to your needs of scalability, availability, and so on.

How Does Cloud Hosting Work?
As explained above, instead of the traditional single server model, cloud hosting ensures that your applications and solutions are deployed in a cloud network, not the on-premises server.

Cloud providers have their network of physical servers, which then implement a huge network of virtualized servers. For most businesses, this is a nearly limitless supply of resources, including computing power, data storage, and other integrated services up to their demand at a reasonable cost.

Benefits of Cloud Hosting

1. Flexibility and Scalability
With physical servers, traditional hosting models are limited in its bandwidth. Cloud-hosted solutions can adapt to traffic demands easily and quickly. It can be scaled to meet high-season needs without the hassle of investing in physical resources or server reconfiguration.
With a network of clustered virtualized servers, your solution can easily tap into more cloud resources whenever you need and then release them when they are no longer needed.

 

2. Cost Efficiency with Flexible Pricing Model
Similar to many current cloud services, you can use the resources on a pay-as-you-go basis. With this pricing structure, you should be able to monitor and then predict your usage more accurately. It then may help you with cost planning for your business.

 

3. Reliability and Availability
Your traditional hosting websites are dependent on your physical servers, which undoubtedly are subject to downtime, disaster, and security risks.

Cloud hosting has a high-availability feature built into its architecture. Using top-quality services from big players like Microsoft and Amazon guarantees that you have access to the most reliable and secure network.

Your applications are no longer subject to a single point of hardware failures. Once a server goes down, plenty of other servers come in to do the job. Moreover, the data is also backed up and secured. Traffics travel across secured interfaces.

 

4. Fairly Easy and Speedy Implementation
You can now deploy a cloud hosting server in record time. For example, developers can easily use Azure Portal to deploy their websites on the cloud within a few clicks.

For organizations and businesses, there are more things in considerations; however, with the help of reputable providers, the general setup process is considerably faster and smoother than the long way of setting up physical servers.

 

5. Safety and Security
Similar to the point of reliability, with cloud hosting, you are no longer subject to your physical server issues including hacking, hardware failure, or system overload.

Moreover, cloud providers like Microsoft Azure guarantee one of the highest security standards for their products and services. Thus, using these resources means that at least your hosting platform is much more secure than your physical server, which you may not be able to invest and implement crucial security practices.

 

6. Easy Management and Monitoring
Now everything about your cloud-hosted solutions can be monitored and managed easily via management dashboards, for example, Azure portal gives you a fairly easy and intuitive view, where you can understand and manage your applications without a deep technical requirement.

Also, Azure offers many other services such as business and analytics, which you can quickly integrate with your cloud-hosted solutions for a whole better performance and experience.

With a brief overview of cloud hosting, hopefully, you can have more information to find a suitable solution to your business. To have a deeper look into it and how to best apply it for your business, please contact us for reputable cloud hosting services.

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Comparing Databases: Cloud VS Local?

 

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What is a cloud database?

 

A cloud database is a database service built and run in a cloud platform. A cloud database’s structure and purpose is not much different to a traditional local database. However, the core difference of where the database resides (on cloud versus on-premises) can bring some striking competitive advantages, which attract businesses to cloud adoption.

 

One key attractive offer of cloud databases is a database as a service (DBaaS). DBaaS is a model that provides a database as a ready-to-use service, which users can quickly deploy and has access to a database without the need for infrastructure investment and setup. The aspects of administration and maintenance can be taken care of by the service provider so the focus of users is on using it and utilizing it for their maximum returns.

 

Some key players in the industry

 

Cloud databases and DBaaS are undoubtedly offered by cloud providers. Some prominent players in the market are Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, IBM. Most providers offer support for both relational databases (SQL) and nonrelational databases (NoSQL). Businesses should research carefully about each provider offer when they select one.

 

 

Some key features and competitive advantages of a cloud database

 

The core of a database is no difference since, for example, a SQL Server database works the same on-premises and on the cloud. Database users and admins still use the same knowledge and skills to handle the database. However, cloud database providers generally offer some key features and benefits as below.

 

  • The database is on the cloud.
  • It’s quick and easy to set a database up to use.
  • It’s cost effective since you can choose your database tier and pay for what you use.
  • Businesses no longer have to buy dedicated hardware upfront.
  • Can be managed by the user or offered as a service and managed by a provider
  • Support SQL (including MySQL) or NoSQL databases
  • Accessed through a web interface or vendor-provided API

 

 

Cloud Database vs Local Database

CriteriaCloud DatabaseLocal Database

Residence On the cloud (it can be either a private or public cloud) On-Premises (Typically, businesses’ own local server and machines.)
Access Via the Internet Mostly local network (LAN)
Investment Mostly fee-based models. Users pay for what they use without investing in physical hardware and software. Businesses have to invest their own physical infrastructure, software to install and IT staff to set up from scratch.
Administration Control options: Organizations can opt for what they want, a traditional database on a virtual machine or a DBaaS.
Database admins still have full control over how to use their data.
Users have full control of their databases and the infrastructure they reside in.
Maintenance Businesses do not have to worry about cloud infrastructure.
With DBaaS, database admins can focus on using their data only, cloud providers commit to manage and operate the databases.
Similar to the administration, businesses have full control here. However, sometimes, these tasks can be time-consuming and resource-intensive.
Speed It depends on the Internet. Speed is one big plus point of a local database as it lies locally and the access is over the intranet.
High Availability and Scalability Cloud providers often commit to nearly 100% availability of their services since their data servers are powerful with worldwide support.
It’s easy to migrate and replicate between data centers.
Also, scalability is one of the best selling points of cloud services since it’s so much easier to scale a cloud solution than an on-premise one. You can easily purchase new space and raise your database tier.
These aspects also depend on an enterprise’s investment in their infrastructure and their IT experts to build an appropriate database architecture.
Security With a remote database on cloud, your data is always backed up so, in case of a disaster, you should have a peace of mind that your backups are safe.
Also, cloud providers are often large enterprises who commit to necessary security compliances.
They also keep their hardware and software up-to-date for the newest digital threats.
Again, with full control, enterprises’ IT experts and database admins must stay sharp to implement crucial security setup and ensure their on-premises updated and ready for security threats.

 

Summary

 

With cloud technology growth, it’s undeniable that cloud databases are also attractive, however, the decision of choosing a database solution is still strongly up to your specific business needs. This article provides a brief overview of the two options so you can have an understanding of the pros and cons. For a more detailed assessment and solution, please contact us for consultancy.

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Cloud Models – What are they and which one should you use?

 

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Microsoft is a big cloud player offering a range of services including Computer, networking, storage, databases, mobile, web, Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence.

 

All of these services categories can be offered in three different cloud computing types:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS)
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS)

 

We are going to go through each type to learn what it is, what it is suitable for and some examples of its kind. With the diagram below, you can also get a brief overview of each type and their differences in terms of the available services as well as the level of control you have over your information.

1.  Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)

 

IaaS is the base level where you have the most flexibility. Some businesses might consider hiring cloud storage and computing power to enhance their IT infrastructure.

 

Pros:

  • Easy to use: setting up virtual machines (VMs) has never been easier with the Microsoft Azure portal. You can spin off a VM that you have complete control over within a few clicks from Azure portal.
  • Both Windows and Linux virtual machines are available.
  • Choose your infrastructure components as you desire and scale it up whenever needed.
  • Pay-as-you-go cost model (No need to invest upfront)
  • For professionals used to an on-premise setup, this is simple step-up to adopting cloud.
  • Usage of Azure VMs is still similar to your on-premise servers where you still have remote desktop access (RDP/ RDC) into the machine where you manage everything from the operating system to the applications on it.
  • Because of similarities between on-premise and Azure VMs, your IT team does not need to spend too much time learning new technologies.

 

 

2. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

 

Given that it is a complete up and running platform, the platform -as-a-service helps to remove additional work for developers so that they can focus more on their priorities which are developing, testing and deploying software applications.

In many situations, organizations do not have enough resources and expertise to manage everything. Their main goal is rolling out products quickly for end-users. Given what they want, Microsoft provides developers an option where they do not have to worry about the underlying infrastructure and can get a complete environment for development and deployment in the cloud.

 

Pros:

  • Suitable for developers: developers can build cloud-based applications in a secure environment. With Microsoft Azure, their applications can also utilize valuable features such as high-availability, scalability, and security.
  • Time-saving: this option reduces the IT admin’s time of setting up infrastructure for their business applications.
  • Access to other tools: apart from your core applications, you can integrate them with many available services and components in Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
  • Pay-as-you-go cost model allows you to spend within your means and budget.

 

3. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

 

The last type is targeted for end-users who do not have to worry about anything, except for using the products for their own needs.

 

Pros:

  • Suitable for end-users with no need of managing or maintaining the products
  • Can use as a ready complete product.

 

Some popular examples are Office 365, Exchange Online, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Dynamics 365.

 

Cloud and Shared Responsibility

 

With cloud services, these models can layer top of each other, and you should be aware of the level of abstraction for the benefits of quicker development. Moreover, you should understand the shared responsibilities between cloud consumers and cloud providers. From IaaS, PaaS to SaaS, you will have less control, whereas, cloud providers will take a bigger part of management and maintenance.

 

In conclusion, cloud providers can offer you a multitude of different cloud models depending on your needs and your level of information control. You can choose whatever model that suits you and also combine them as per your requirements.

Contact us here today if you are looking for a local, reliable cloud partner. 

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Data Center 101 : What You Need to Know

 

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Cloud computing has without doubt, been changing the way companies store their data. For instance, in the past cloud backups were treat as a secondary form of data backup with on-premise ups as a primary. However, more and more organizations have been making the move to as setting cloud backups as the primary set of data backup instead.

According to a recent survey on Cloud Backup, it is reported that the Cloud Backup business will increase from $1.3bn to $4.13bn in the next 5 years. This suggests that more and more companies will and are beginning to adopt this advanced approach to data backup, hence, increasing their storage size in the cloud.

However, there are organizations that still prefer to have their data kept on-premise because of their concern with data privacy and datacenter security. Although this is a valid concern, Cloud Backup actually provides a more secure environment, if the chosen cloud is a certified datacenter.

What is a datacenter?

Datacenters are not a single thing, but rather, a conglomeration of elements. A datacenter consists of a physical building in a secure location that stocks servers, storage devices, network devices, routers and firewalls. Datacenters are important business asset as companies and organizations use datacenters to house applications & to store, process and analyze business data.

Cloud backups generally store business data to an offsite datacenter, such as Microsoft Azure, Equinix, or AWS.

Microsoft Azure is a great example of a world-class datacenter.

Ensuring Security and Privacy in Datacenter

To keep business data safe, datacenters need to take in consideration of redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices.

Under security devices, multiple forms of measurements are put in place to ensure the security and privacy of the customer’s data.

  • Access Control

Access control in a datacenter is much more than just multiple door locks. Datacenters in practice, deploy a wide array of access controls in order to prevent unauthorized personnel to enter the premise. For instance, 24/7 photo ID required locks, mantraps, and role-based accesses are often engaged to restrict access to only a limited group of professionals with legitimate business requests to authorized areas of the datacenter. Access is also tightly controlled with prior authorization, and restricted amount of access time. Multiple forms of identification or access control are required as the personnel moves closer to the heart of the datacenter.

  • 24x7x365 Surveillance

Besides having security guards, effective surveillance is one of the most essential security parameters being deployed in datacenters. From cameras, inside and outside, of the building to survey for suspicious acts, to metal detectors that ensure not a single piece of hardware is illegally brought out of the facility. It is this 24x7x365 surveillance system that enhances the security of not just the datacenter but also your critical business data.

  • Building Design

The location, design and architecture of a datacenter are exclusive for the purposes of hosting IT infrastructure. Usually datacenters are located off the road, in higher land with solid grounds to avoid damage from natural disasters.

To keep the datacenter away from uninvited access, the facility also has barriers and security patrols around the premise. There are limited number of windows and entrance to increase the effectiveness of access control.

  • Security Standards

There are multiple standards and certifications in the market to measure the security level of each datacenter. For instance, HIPAA, SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, are the international compliance certificates and Singapore MTCS is prepared for the local Singapore standards.

Microsoft Azure currently has more than 20 cloud computing related security compliance certificates, including ISO 27001 and 27018.

i-Net Dynamics is a trusted partner of Microsoft Azure and other certified tier-3 datacenter in Singapore. For further information about our cloud service, please click here.

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How Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning can Improve the Efficiency Of your Business

 

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By Paris for I-Net Dynamics

More than Just Light and Easy

Cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP), is being applied more and more widely, mainly because of its flexibility and the ability to reduce IT infrastructure investment. Cloud computing has made ERP licensing, deployment and upgrade much simpler than it is in the past.

Research firm, Gartner, carried out a survey on the adoption of Cloud ERP. The findings which were published in 2014 showed 47% of companies surveyed were planning to move their ERP systems to the cloud before 2020. Moreover, hybrid models of Cloud ERP can boost the adoption even faster.

Besides the well-known benefit of fast deployment and hardware dependence, Cloud based ERP brings about many other underrated advantages that can boost business’ competitiveness in this ever-demanding market.

Top-rated Security Level

Yet, one of the main objections to Cloud ERP involves the security concerns of placing sensitive financial data out of the premise and in the “cloud because they assume that the “cloud” is vague and does not guarantee privacy.

However, that is quite the opposite, Cloud ERPs actually utilize top-rated security measures to protect your confidential data. Data centers, the technology behind “Cloud” is built with bundled layers of security platforms almost impossible and costly for on-premise environments to achieve. With Cloud ERP, you might not be able to “see” your data next to you, but you can be at peace knowing it is stored in an ISO certified data center.

Provide All-in-one Service

Adding on to the top notch security level, by hosting the ERP system on Cloud, companies will also receive all-rounded service from their service provider. The trusted hosting partner should look after the daily backup, performance report, IT patches and on-going support to ensure the hosted ERP system is well taken care of.

With less time required for IT infrastructures of ERP, in-house IT personnel will be able to work on important initiatives and support users’ day-to-day operations.

Increase Mobility

The workforce today is without doubt, getting more mobile. The demand for users to have the ability to access ERP system on the go and update it with real time information is increasing rapidly. Cloud ERP allows sales order to be tracked, inventory to be updated and other important information to be accessed anytime, from any device.

Simplify Future Planning

The traditional setup of an ERP software requires the specifications for at least 3 – 5 years down the road to cater for future plans or any unexpected new business opportunity. This is necessary, however, it is also costly and the resources are wasted standing on your premise without being used. Cloud ERP together with its scalability and flexibility solves this problem by accommodating to the growth of your business. Instead of taking several weeks, Cloud ERP will only require a few days for specifications to be adjusted.

Companies with Cloud ERP can also plan for office relocations or renovations without worrying about moving giant infrastructure of their ERP system.

The cloud represents the future of ERP that at the same time can increase the level of customer satisfaction as well as free companies from complex and costly infrastructure installation. Changes, or anything new to business can raise a big question but with the recent rapid acceptance, Cloud ERP is slowly winning the market.

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